My Tea Break

Rediscovering Tea around the world


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Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea

Comedy legend Victoria Wood travels the globe to explore Britain’s love affair with Tea in a two-part special on the little plant that changed the world.

From the back streets of Kolkata to the mega city of Shanghai, Victoria reveals how the cozy cuppa united east and west, triggered wars and helped us win them. Along the way she peeks into a fascinating world of chai wallahs, opium smokers, Assam Tea pickers and grumpy elephants. She asks: how did this strange exotic leaf become such an important part of British life?

What is it about Tea we love so much, and how did we all end up hooked?

Put on the kettle for a nice cup of Tea and check out Episode 1 here:

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Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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Did you know that all Tea comes from the same plant?

Tea lovers should all be thankful to Camellia Sinensis, also called the Tea plant or Tea tree. All Tea  – white, yellow, green, oolong, Puerh and black – comes from this plant but is processed in different ways to attain different levels of oxidation. Processing any Tea involves some or all stages of withering, rolling, fermenting, and drying.

You might be thinking that you also had Herbal Teas before and obviously those don´t come from this plant. Correct!  That´s because we tend to use the word Tea to describe hot beverages like infusions, tisanes and herbal blends such as mint, chamomile and any other combination of flowers, dried fruits or herbs. Herbal blends also have a lot of health benefits and some have very exotic flavours. However, the word Tea should be strictly used for the Camellia Sinensis species.

The Tea plant can be divided into different species. It is mainly cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates, usually at high elevations,  so I don´t advise you to try and grow tea at home but one can always try. 🙂

Happy Tea Time,

Tania